Hawai'ian Papaya Plush Unlocked!
Find out more about our stretch goals at the bottom of the page.
Biology Fortified, Inc. is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization devoted to fostering science-based discussion about issues in biology, plant genetics, and agriculture. Our mascot is Frank N. Foode™, your friendly neighborhood genetically modified organism. This cute corn plush has gotten his photo taken with people, plants, and in exotic places, all to help make the science of biotechnology fun and approachable. Over the years, many people have said that they want a Frank of their own! Now we have a chance to make this happen.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to fund the creation of 500 Frank N. Foode™ plushes. We’re a small, reader-supported non-profit and we need the support of many people before we can invest in this project. We’re going to work with Gann Memorials to make Karl's original design durable, safe for kids, and cuter than ever. Gann Memorials has a long track record of producing great plush toys.
In thanks for your support, we have some great rewards for you! Everyone who backs us with $5 or more will receive special desktop backgrounds just for pitching in. At the $10 dollar level we have some homemade lavender beeswax hand salve. Any reward at $30 and up will get you a loveable Frank N. Foode™ plush of your very own! Continue reading below to learn more about dinners with bloggers and more!
To get Frank in everyone’s hands, we need to raise $10,000 in just 30 days. If we raise more, our stretch goals include an exclusive t-shirt just for backers, and a plush Hawaiian Papaya, Indian Eggplant, or Florida Orange. You will get to vote on which one we make! So what are you waiting for? Bring Frank N. Foode™ to LIFE!
Desktop Backgrounds: $5
Five beautiful, exclusive desktop backgrounds featuring Frank N. Foode™ visiting farms, out in nature, and more. Brighten your day with something fun for your computer screen! We wish we could show them to you but we said they are EXCLUSIVE! All rewards greater than $5 include these wallpapers.
Beeswax Hand Salve: $10
Soothe your skin with Karl's famous handmade beeswax hand salve. Hand salve contains: almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and lavender essential oil.
Exclusive "I Brought Frank N. Foode to Life!" T-shirt: $20
Show the world that you helped bring Frank N. Foode to Life! We're offering an exclusive T-shirt only to our backers that will be based on the "Bring Frank N. Foode to Life!" logo for our Kickstarter campaign. (Final T-shirt design will differ from this image.) Get just the shirt for $20 or for $15 as an Add-On. Some of our higher donor levels will have this shirt included automatically. See our FAQ on how to add this on to whatever other reward you choose.
Frank N. Foode™: $30
Your very own loveable Frank N. Foode™ plush! Take him with you to the farmer's market, on farm tours, hiking in the mountains, or traveling overseas! You can become part of Frank's story when you share your adventures online. This image is of a hand-made prototype, final plush appearance may differ.
Stretch Plush: If you choose this reward, we will ask you whether you want a Frank plush, or one of the stretch plushes instead. If you want more than one, we have those options below!
Plush Hawaiian Papaya: $30
Papaya Stretch Goal Unlocked!
We want to tell the story of the Hawai'ian Papaya with a Papaya plush. Our Kickstarter backers and blog readers overwhelmingly voted this to be the most important story they wanted to be told. The papaya was engineered to be resistant to a devastating disease that nearly wiped out the papaya farmers in Hawai'i! Still, more than 15 years since it was released to farmers, few know the story, so we want to make a plush ambassador for the Hawai'ian Papaya.
Our design concept features a cute papaya fruit plush with a papaya leaf forming a hand, a papaya flower decorating its head, and a small papaya leaf as a reminder about the impact of the disease on papaya farms. Backers will get to have input on the final design of the plush and the name of the character! The final design may differ from this illustration.
Note: If you want both a Frank plush and a Papaya, we recommend the "Double Yield" reward below for $50, which will give you the choice of two plushes.
Fall in Love with Food: $40
A lovable Frank plush and an exclusive glossy 5x7 glossy print of Frank N. Foode pictured with Bobbie Marie Gregg, who was Miss Tennessee International 2011 and is an aspiring dietitian! We will do a photo shoot complete with sash and tiara (with a sash for Frank as well) and send you the sweetest sweet corn photo you've ever seen. This will be available only for a limited time, so fall in love with food while you still can!
Double Yield: $50
Not one but two lovable Frank plushes. Give one as a gift and keep one for yourself - or take one to the office and still have one at home! If we reach our stretch goal(s) and create additional plush plants, you can choose which plushes you want - any combination of two!
Reading Buddy: $55
A lovable Frank plush plus one of the following books:
- Autographed copy of "Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food" by Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak. This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.
- An autographed copy of "Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives" by Michael Specter. Specter eloquently shows how, in a world where protesters march against childhood vaccines and Africans starve to death rather than import genetically modified grains, we must reconnect with the rational thinking that has underpinned the advance of civilization since the eighteenth century.
- An autographed copy of "The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans" by Mark Lynas. Lynas draws up a radical manifesto calling for environmentally-friendly technologies like genetic engineering and nuclear power as part of a global effort to use humanity's best tools to protect and nurture the biosphere.
- An autographed copy of "The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet" by Ramez Naam. Naam charts a course to lead the whole world to greater wealth and human well-being by supercharging innovation, even as we dodge looming resource crunches and environmental disasters and reduce our impact on the planet.
- A copy of "S3: Science, Statistics and Skepticism" by Fourat Janabi. Join Janabi on this adventure as he navigates the confusing, jargon-filled, and treacherous arena of people trying to coat themselves in the respectable veneer of science.
- An autographed copy of "Pandora's Picnic Basket" by Alan McHughen. McHughen explains, in clear and direct language, the technologies underlying genetically modified food, comparing them with other "natural" methods of plant breeding and production. He offers fair-minded, well-informed accounts of issues of real concern, particularly environmental issues, and he outlines ways in which consumers can avoid genetically modified food if they so choose.
Ask Us Anything: $60-$75 (see price slash!)
A lovable Frank plush and a one-hour one-on-one online video chat with a founder of Biology Fortified, Karl or Anastasia. Your very own Ask Me Anything about GMOs!
Price Slash! Karl is offering up his Ask Me Anything for the new, low low price of $60! More brain for your buck. He promises a suspense-filled story about wading deep into anti-science territory and asking questions that a famous activist could not bear to answer!
A lovable Frank plush and a beautiful high-resolution digital cartoon caricature drawn by artist Celestia Ward. Have your likeness drawn by the same hand that draws Frank, and you can even have Frank in the cartoon with you!
Fearsome Foursome: $100
When one Frank plush is not enough, and neither is two. Get four lovable Frank plushes, one for you, two for your friends and family, and one more for you. If we reach our stretch goals and make other plush plants you can choose any combination of four plushes.
The Farmer's Life Farm Tour: $100
The Farmer's Life Farm Tour: Get a special hands-on tour of Brian Scott's Farm near Monticello, Indiana for you and a friend. Come in the spring for planting, the summer for growing, or the fall for harvesting - your choice! Also, you get one Frank N. Foode™ plush which you can take along for photos! Date to be mutually arranged, and you will be responsible for your own travel. See our rewards map for the location, and check out Brian's blog for more information about his farm!
Dinner with A Science Blogger: $150-$200 (see price slash below!)
A lovable Frank plush and dinner for 2 at the restaurant of your choice with a science blogger from the Biofortified Blog. Share a meal and geek out about GMOs and more. Only available in certain locations. Date to be mutually agreed upon, food/drinks not included, and you will be responsible for your own travel. Add up to 2 more people for $25 apiece.
Price Slash! Dinner with the bloggers and scientists in bold below is now $150!
Science Bloggers and Scientists include:
- Anastasia Bodnar in Washington, DC
- Karl Haro von Mogel in Madison, WI
- Pam Ronald in Davis, CA
- Kevin Folta in Gainesville, FL
- Steve Savage in San Diego, CA
- David Tribe in Melbourne, Australia.
- Wayne Parrott in Athens, GA
Frank Times Ten: $250
Ten Frank plushes and a tote bag to carry them, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you are ready for anything! Pass them out to friends and family, or put one in every room in your house. If we reach our stretch goals and make other plush plants you can choose any combination of ten plushes.
Sustainable Vineyard and Winery Tour: $300
Valentine's Day Special Offer: Normally this would be $400, but we're offering it at $300 in honor of Valentine's Day!
A lovable Frank plush and a tour and overnight stay for two at Hilliard Bruce Winery in Lompoc, California. This package includes a winery dinner, one night stay in the winery's guest quarters, plus a tour of the sustainable vineyard (Certified by Sustainability In Practice) and new 12,000 sq ft winery. Date to be mutually agreed upon, travel not included. Look at our Reward Map to see the location.
Silver Bullet: $500
For when you need to take it all in one shot. A beautiful silver Frank N. Foode™ plush, lovingly handcrafted by Karl. Includes a regular Frank plush, and an exclusive embroidered tote bag (photoshop mockup shown - appearance may differ). The Silver Bullet gives you access to super-secret updates on works in progress like future campaigns, upcoming video projects, and more! If additional plant plush designs and the T-shirt stretch goals are unlocked, then these will each be included in this reward!
Golden Grain: $1,000
Enrich your life. A spectacular golden Frank N. Foode™ plush, lovingly handcrafted by Karl. Includes a regular Frank plush, and an exclusive embroidered tote bag (photoshop mockup shown - appearance may differ). The Golden Grain gives you access to super-secret updates on works in progress like future campaigns, upcoming video projects, and more. PLUS, pre-release review of draft versions of Cooking with Frank N. Foode videos! If additional plant plush designs and the T-shirt stretch goals are unlocked, then these will each be included in this reward!
Work with us to design a creative plush character to represent your favorite crop (biotech or conventionally-bred plants are welcome, and you can also choose one of the three described here.). We will produce 250 plushes with your design, and send you 10 of them. (Kickstarter limits this to 10) We will also shower you with Frank plushes, Tote bags, T-shirts, and more! Together, we will craft a special scientific message to go with this plush. Please contact us to discuss details before you donate. BFI will retain the rights to any resulting plush and materials.
We have a lot of reward options for you, but maybe you want a little more of something? You can add more reward items by donating a little more above the reward amount you select. (Just add the amount to your pledge total and DON'T change your reward selection. See the FAQ below for more information on how to do this.) We will send out a survey after the kickstarter is over to find out what add-ons you want.
Current Add-Ons: (extra amount = what you get)
- $25: One additional plush (Frank N. Foode™ or Papaya plush)
- $15: Exclusive "I brought Frank N. Foode to Life!" T-shirt
- $5: Glossy 5x7 print of Bobbie Marie Gregg with Frank
If we reach our fundraising goal, we will announce several stretch goals. If these are reached, then that will unlock more great rewards for you to get!
First Stretch Goal unlocked! An exclusive "I Brought Frank N. Foode to Life" T-shirt is now available for $20 alone, or $15 as an Add-On.
Hawai'ian Papaya Plush Unlocked!
The people have spoken! We asked our backers and readers to vote on the next plant plush we will make, and the Hawaiian Papaya won by a large margin! We have reached our stretch goal for the papaya stretch goal plush, so now it can be exchanged for a Frank plush in any of the above rewards, or Added-On for $25.
Coming up: (We reached the Papaya stretch goal within 5 hours of the end of the Kickstarter, so we will not be pursuing an Eggplant or Orange plush at this time.)
- Third Plush (Eggplant, or Orange)
- Fourth Plush (Eggplant, or Orange)
Special Stretch Goal: $17,350
Karl will eat an ultra-hot 2 million Scoville Moruga chili pepper on camera and post it to YouTube. While we work toward making T-shirts and more plushes, if we cross $17,350 then Karl will demonstrate the power of genetics on camera with one of the hottest chili peppers in the world!
Risks and challenges
While we have been preparing for this fundraiser for months, we still have a couple challenges ahead.
First, our costs are based on an estimate from Gann Memorials, so we the actual cost of manufacturing and shipping will not be known until the prototype has been designed. We are talking to them about ways to keep the design costs down, and we have run simulations on different outcomes of the fundraiser. We are confident that we will be able to get a Frank N. Foode plush in backers' hands if we meet our fundraising goal.
Second, if we successfully reach several of our stretch goals and make several different plushes, that will involve several design approvals and the manufacturing of all of them. This could create some delay, but we think that we can keep our backers happy by keeping them updated on the progress of these stretch goals, as well as the chance to vote on them and give input on their design.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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